The greats of tennis to play at legendary Mallorca tennis club
Because of the exploits of one its most illustrious sons, Rafa Nadal, Mallorca is famous the world over for its tennis connections. Young Rafa has really put it on the map thanks to his winning ways, charitable work and of course his underwear modelling career!
However, before baby Nadal was even a twinkle in his father's eyes, Mallorca was THE place to be for the upper class game, set and match brigade who all wanted to pull on their whites at the Mallorca Tennis Club in Palma. Built in 1961 by the Rationalist architect Francesc Mitjans, who also designed Barcelona's Camp Nou stadium, the club swiftly became the go to place for the tennis fraternity.
Over the last couple of years, the club has had a complete revamp to bring bang up to date for the 21st century yet maintaining its architectural essence. Thoroughly modern, the 10,000 square metre plot now has the original 5 clay courts, a pool, Spa, gym, restaurant and a capacity of 500 people around the main court for spectator events.
The first of these is taking place from the 8th to 11th October this year, and it's to be called The Legends Cup. The club, now known as the Palma Sport & Tennis Club has signed an agreement with the Association of Tennis Professionals, (ATP) to bring the event to Mallorca!
It will bring some of the greats of the tennis world to the island - Carlos Moya, Sergi Bruguera, Pat Cash, Henri Laconte, Tim Henman and Thomas Enqvist have already signed up – and all meet the comp's requirements; players must be retired from the ATP Professional circuit, have been the world no. 1 in the ATP rankings, or have taken part in a Grand Slam final or a Davis Cup final as a singles player on the winning team.
If you fancy going along to see an architectural gem and some of the sport's top names of the past, all the details of tickets and schedules will be available on the official website of the comp – Reyes del Tenis – very shortly.